The Berkeley Optometry clinic diagnoses, treats, and manages a wide array of vision and eye-related conditions. If you require more specialized treatment, we can diagnose it here and refer you to one of our specialty clinics. Our goal is to keep your vision sharp and your eyes healthy.
We offer comprehensive eye exams, which include prescriptions for glasses and/or contact lenses, and ocular screenings that check the health of your eyes. We will evaluate your eyes for the following:
- Corneal Disease / Foreign Bodies
- Diabetic & Hypertensive Retinopathy
- Ocular Tumors
- Central Retinal Vein/Artery Occlusion
- Computer Screen Problems
- Vision Problems Affecting Learning
- and more…
What should I expect at my comprehensive eye exam?
After checking in and completing a health history form, you will be seen by a clinician who will carry out screening tests (such as checking eye muscle movement and peripheral vision) and check for any eyeglass prescription. The health of the front of the eye and your eye pressure will be taken before dilation drops are instilled. Once your eyes have been dilated, your clinician will assess the health of the inside and back of your eyes.
At your comprehensive eye exam, your clinician will conduct a refraction to find the glasses prescription needed to correct your refractive error. You may also inquire about contact lenses as a treatment option for your refractive error.
Yes, we are equipped to handle ocular emergencies 24-hrs a day, 7 days a week! For urgent care at the Meredith Morgan Eye Center at Minor Hall call (510) 642-2020 and follow the prompts. To speak to a doctor after regular business hours, there may be a small fee charged depending on your issue. Your insurance may not pay for this fee.
Common Vision Issues
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Near-Sightedness, also known as Myopia, a vision condition in which near objects are seen clearly, but distant objects do not come into proper focus.
Far-sightedness, also known as Hyperopia, is a vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus.
Astigmatism is a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye.
Presbyopia is an age-related vision condition in which the lens of your eye loses its flexibility, making it difficult to focus on close objects.
61 million adults in the US are at high risk for serious vision loss, but only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months (ref: CDC).
Approximately 11 million Americans aged 12 years and older could improve their vision through proper refractive correction (ref: CDC)
Appointments can be made in person or by telephone.
UC Berkeley Optometry
200 Minor Addition
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020
Meredith Whiteside, OD, FAAO
Associate Clinical Professor